Language of God


We seldom realize, for example, that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by society. – Alan Watts

This morning when I was with one of my hospice patients, I thought, “What is the language of God?” I know that it’s not the English words that I write and speak. The language of God is the sound of my breath, the ocean waves, the song of a love bird, a baby’s cry, the sacred sound of OM, and music. The language of God is a smile, the sunset and sunrise, the mountain in the distance, loving human touch, and so many more things.

I am so grateful to relearn the language of love.

Namaste, world.

A Story Told in the East

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A Story Told in the East

It seems God had just created human beings. Realizing that He made a terrible mistake, God called a council of the elders to get some help. When the elders were gathered, God reported, “I have just created humans and now I don’t know what I am going to do. They will always be talking to me and wanting things from me and I won’t ever get any rest.” Upon hearing God’s dilemma, the elders made several suggestions telling God he could hide on Mount Everest, or the moon, or deep in the Earth. God responded hopelessly to all of these suggestions saying, “No, humans are resourceful; eventually they will find me there.” Finally, one elder walked up to God and whispered something in his ear. Then God shouted in delight, “That’s it! I’ll hide inside each human; they will never find me there!”

– Deborah Adele (From the book, “The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice)

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God be with me.

This week I brought the concept of God back into my life. I think that there can be a middle road. Even the Buddha teaches us to follow the Middle Way. The belief in God is a personal decision. In India, they say there are thousands of Gods (millions now). That’s because everyone has their own personal God.

I remember the quote, “We are living proof that God exists.” Human beings are amazing.  We are intelligent and creative. We are too good to be true, so there must be a God. We have a beautiful, mystical world, so there must be a God.

Every day I silently say to myself, “God be with me.” I seek support and guidance. I feel secure when I know that a master being exists. This week I tried to substitute different words instead of God. I said, “Universal energy be with me,” “May the force be with me,” and “May Reiki energy be with me.” Nothing could substitute for the word God. Like I said in my previous blog post, the concept of God is hard-wired in my brain.

I hear a lot of people say, “Whatever God wants” or “God will lead me.” We tend to put our lives in God’s hands. But then we are not taking responsibility for our own lives. We are always looking for someone to tell us what to do instead of following our own heart and mind. Going forward, I want to find the middle ground with my concept of God. I want to embrace the mystery of God and yet empower myself.

I have one hospice patient who is 88-years-old. She has bright blue eyes like the sky. When I was visiting with her, she kept looking out the window saying how beautiful the trees looked. I asked her about God. She said, “If we don’t trust God, then who can we trust?” Who can we trust? Who is in our corner? Who cares about us? Again, I want to take the middle road. We can trust what is in the present moment. We can trust ourselves, the people around us, the sun, the trees, and the animals. God is all around us.

Human beings have consciousness. We are creators of our own lives. Therefore, God lives within us. God can be the universal field, too, because God can be anything and can be anywhere.

I plan to keep an open mind and an open heart. I plant these seeds of thoughts in my mind. My thoughts will grow and evolve as my life travels down the path of wisdom.

Namaste, world.

 

 

 

My Salvation

image of woman in a white dressFor the past week, I lived every day without the concept of God in my mind. I am a Buddhist, and most Buddhists do not believe there is a God somewhere in heaven or up in the sky. They believe we are truly on our own. Buddhist monk K. Sri Dhammananda says, “Salvation in Buddhism is an individual affair. You have to save yourself just as you eat, drink, and sleep by yourself.” You are responsible for your mind, body, actions, speech, and energy.

The concept of God is hard-wired in my brain. I was raised Catholic and taught that God created everything. So, what do you mean there is no God? It seems impossible. But for the past week, I took God out of my mind and out of my life. I wanted to see how I would feel when I was responsible for my salvation.

After contemplation, I know how I feel. When there is no God, I feel like there is no one watching me. I am free to be myself. I no longer look to God, I look to myself. My life belongs to me, not to God. My thoughts and actions are my responsibility, and I am the judge of my own life. There is a shift in my consciousness.

The concept of God is fuzzy. Who is God? I have held this concept in my mind, but nothing to show for it except for my imagination. Most Catholics believe God is our father and looks just like a human being. According to K. Sri Dhammananda, “For more than 2,500 years, all over the world, Buddhists have practiced and introduced Buddhism very peacefully without the necessity of sustaining the concept of a creator God.”

This past week I felt a lot of gratitude for my life. Since I am the only one who can save myself, it puts everything into perspective. I want to live my life! I want to be kind, loving, calm, and wise. I want to meditate every day to make my mind strong.

Going forward, I want to enjoy my life…with or without God.

Namaste, world.

 

 

 

 

Divinity & Purpose

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The new year is here: 2017. It’s a very special year. The number 17 has the sacred “7” in it. It is a new year to start changing human consciousness.

Since childhood, I have been molded and conditioned. My upbringing, my culture, the media, and society as a whole creates my reality and who I am today. I realize that to gain a new human consciousness; I need to strip my conditioning and use my vision to see a new reality; a new awareness.

If we are going to make spiritual progress as a human race, we need to see divinity and purpose in every living being; especially in people. Our leaders tell us that we are insignificant in an expansive universe and our self-esteem is continuously pushed down by the media.

The truth is that we are special and have a purpose for living. Dr. Wayne Dyer in his book, “The Power of Intention,” explains ten steps on how to fulfill your intention to live with purpose. Here are the ten steps:

  1. Affirm that in an intelligent system, no one shows up by accident, including you. You are here on purpose. Create awareness about you as a “being.” Also, remember intelligence comes from intelligence (God). Andrew Newberg, MD, reports, “God exists and we wouldn’t be wired for perceiving God if it were otherwise.”
  2. Seize every opportunity, no matter how small, to give your life away in service. Do what you love and share that love.
  3. Align your purpose with the field of intention. Connecting with God and the field of intention takes a little surrendering. Remember, to birth your purpose; it must come from creativeness, kindness, and love.
  4. Ignore what anyone else tells you about your purpose. Your purpose is between you and God.
  5. Remember that the all-creating field of intention will work on your behalf. Create a new vision that sees God and the unified field on your side.
  6. Study and replicate the lives of people who’ve known their purpose. Read biographies of people and explore how they lived.
  7. Act as if you’re living the life you were intended to live, even if you feel confused about your purpose. Become closer to God and mysticism. Helen Keller says, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”
  8. Meditate to stay on purpose. Meditation is KEY! Meditation creates inner peace and guidance.
  9. Keep your thoughts and feelings in harmony with your actions. Do not become ego-dominated. Soften your edges and act with good will.
  10. Stay in a state of gratitude. Be thankful for being alive. Even be thankful for your roadblocks. Be grateful even if you don’t “feel” like being grateful. As you include gratitude in your life, it will grow to be authentic.

Take a deep breath. All will be well in 2017 and into the future.

Namaste, world.

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